Featherweight Aleksei Ulianov officially has an opponent for his upcoming bout at GLORY 66 on 22 June in Paris.
The resurgent Russian fighter will take on Japan’s Masaya Kubo in the opening bout of the GLORY 66 Superfight Series. GLORY Kickboxing announced the bout Wednesday.
Ulianov, a two-time Tatneft champion, got off to a tough start in GLORY. After losing a unanimous decision to current featherweight champion Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao in 2017, the Prokopyevsk, Russian Federation resident dropped a split decision to Giga Chikadze.
In his third outing with the organization last summer, a cut led to his bout with Britain’s Bailey Sugden being ruled a no-contest.
Since then, the fighter has won two consecutive bouts against solid opposition. Ulianov defeated Morocco’s Zakaria Zouggary by unanimous decision last September, then outpointed Massaro Glunder at GLORY 64 in March.
Ulianov is currently ranked fifth among GLORY featherweights (65 kg).
Kubo, ranked fourteenth, is making his European debut with GLORY. The Japanese fighter has competed for the organization in China. He knocked out Chenchen Li in the first round at GLORY 46 in October 2017, but China’s Li avenged the defeat with a unanimous decision win in the rematch held at GLORY 57 last August. In his other GLORY contest, Kubo lost a unanimous decision to Chenglong Zhang.
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